After the holiday break, the board is back to work and looking forward to a busy year. As always, our focus is strongly on representing our community and advocating to council on your behalf. A reminder that we have a public forum at the beginning of our monthly meetings and you are welcome to come and speak to us about any issues that concern you. Meeting dates and times are advertised in print and on the Waipa District Council website.
Our focus for the first part of the year is Waipā District Council’s spatial plan Ahu Ake. This year council will ask for community feedback on Ahu Ake, a plan that will shape how Cambridge and the greater Waipā district looks in 30-plus years’ time.
Waipa wide community engagement events begin in February and will run through to the end of March. There are a number of events planned for Cambridge, Karāpiro and Te Miro. Cambridge Community Board will attend these events alongside councillors and council staff and we encourage all members of the community to attend and provide feedback on the plan. This will be done through both hard copy survey forms and the digital platform social pinpoint.
Ahu Ake will become the key strategic planning document for council and drive all planning and services to ensure that Council’s vision to build connected communities is delivered. For further information, take a look at the Ahu Ake website.
In late December I rode along with Neil and David from Cambridge Community Patrol on one of their night time patrols. They are part of a hard-working group of volunteers patrolling the streets of Cambridge till the early hours.
They act as eyes and ears for the police, attend car accidents and control traffic, assist with the safe return of runaway kids and work closely with local rest homes. They routinely check businesses in the Central Business District are locked and secure and may also patrol as far as Mystery Creek and Karāpiro Village. Thank you to all the volunteers at Cambridge Community Patrol, you are a great asset to this town.
The board wishes the Cambridge community a fantastic start to the year and the best to all students starting back at school.